Source: Mail Online
Members of Kenyan police and intelligence units accused of hunting down and assassinating terror suspects have claimed the killing of a controversial Muslim cleric was planned by high ranking officers and government officials.
The men, who are part of three so-called death squads, spoke out about their secret activities after more than 60 people were killed in two separate terror attacks by Al Qaeda-linked terror group al-Shabaab in the last month.
Speaking anonymously, they revealed that instead of arresting suspects they 'eliminate' them, and claimed the death of Abubaker Shariff Ahmed, who was accused of recruiting 'White Widow' Samantha Lewthwaite, was ordered by the Kenyan National Security Council.
Ahmed, who was also known as Makaburi - meaning graveyard, was shot dead in April as he walked from a court in Mombasa to a nearby mosque.
Human rights activists' have previously raised fears over police brutality in Kenya and claimed that the country's government - rattled by the presence of Islamic extremists - has been behind the deaths of several terror suspects.
However, the Kenyan government has denied it runs an extrajudicial killing programme.
Speaking exclusively to an Al Jazeera investigation programme, which will be aired on Monday evening, the four men - all members of Kenyan intelligence and special police units - say they have all been involved in the assassination of terror suspects, with one claiming to have killed more than 50.
'We don’t arrest,' a gunman from the Radiation Unit of the Kenyan General Service Unit's (GSU) elite Recce Company told the Al Jazeera Investigative Unit.
'We never. In Recce Company we are sharpshooters. Why should a sharpshooter be taken to arrest?'
He added: 'I’m in Radiation. And Radiation, that thing is very dangerous.'
Describing his typical day he said: 'Usually eliminations happening here and there; in Mombasa, Muslims, radicals and all that.
'We are the elimination programme.'
The gunman appears in the programme Inside Kenya’s Death Squads alongside a commando from Recce Company, a member of the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) and a spy for the National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS).
According to Al Jazeera, which agreed to conceal the men's identities for security reasons, all of the officers play an integral part in Kenya’s counter-terrorism strategy and all have had a hand in assassinating suspects.
The ATPU police officer and the GSU Recce Company commando said that Ahmed had been killed by police and his death ordered by the government.
In November last year, Ahmed had told Al Jazeera that he feared for his life, and predicted that counter-terrorism police would kill him.
He died on April 1 and his companion was also shot dead.
Ahmed had been linked to fugitive terror suspect Lewthwaite, dubbed the White Widow, as he helped more than 100 Britons to join Al-Qaeda-linked terror group al-Shabab, which counts her as a member.
The British Muslim convert is the world's most wanted woman after being accused of allegedly ordering the killings of two radical Muslim clerics, two Protestant preachers, and three others with links to al-Shabab.
However, in September last year Ahmed denied ever having met Lewthwaite, who is the widow of of 7/7 bomber Germaine Lindsay.
Although described by some as charismatic and intelligent, Ahmed held radical views and notably said that the four al-Shabab gunmen who slaughtered at least 67 people in Nairobi's Westgate Mall in September 'had every right to do what they did'.
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